George Floyd was an “ordinary brother” from Houston’s housing projects who “nobody thought much about,” which makes his central role in a generational movement that much more powerful, the Rev. Al Sharpton said at his funeral Tuesday.
“God took the rejected stone and made him the cornerstone of a movement that’s going to change the whole wide world,” Sharpton said at Floyd’s funeral on Tuesday.
“Your family is going to miss you George, but your nation is going to always remember your name. Because your neck was one that represents all of us, and how you suffered is how we all suffer,” he added.
Sharpton was one of a number of family, friends and prominent figures who gathered for Floyd’s funeral at The Fountain of Praise Church in Houston on Tuesday to celebrate his life and issue a clarion call for justice.
The service featured remarks by former Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Al Green of Texas, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Family members of other black people killed by police, including Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, attended as well.
Actor Jamie Foxx was in the audience and R&B artist Ne-Yo performed a rendition of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boyz II Men. Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather is handling all the expenses for Floyd’s funeral.
Family members spoke about George Floyd as a “gentle giant,” and friends from high school and beyond fondly recalled his athletic prowess in football and basketball.